Wasp cockatoo and leaf scorpion fishes.

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Wasp cockatoo and leaf scorpion fishes.

Post  liquidg on 3rd June 2017, 12:15 am

Taenianotus triacanthus or leaf scorpion fish.
These guys are a master of disguise being able to change colour at will slowly to suit their surroundings, though the colour change is not instant, it is quite pronounced with two days.
The toxicity of these guys single poisonous spines capacity to sting is quite low compared to most scorpion fish, making their ability to blend in important!
Most fish have scales, these guys do not, theirs is true skin and being that the need to shed to grow, usualy twice a month
In the aquarium they are reef safe but not to small fish, shrimps and crabs, they do not hide, they like to pick a spot and wait for food to move past them, they do not spike you, they do not bite you, they will sit on your hand in the aquariums water and over all a harmless fish.
Leaf scorpion direct from the ocean, this one was living near a wall of pink coralline.
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video of a small leaf trying to hide
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Video of day one of the leaf in the aquarium next a gorilla anemone crab.
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Once in the aquarium the colour begins to change.
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still changing
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the final result of colour adaption to the aquarium.
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A wasp and juvenile leaf together
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Ablabys taenianotus or Cockatoo waspfish
These fish, as with most scorpion fish can blend in, only slightly with the wasps and adjust their colouration to suite where they are at the time.
They do not sit out in the open preferring to hide next to something.
The toxicity of these guys spines poison is quite intense and can kill, so care needs to be applied when moving them.
They are not reef safe, relating to other small fish and inverts, they don't harm anything else like corals or tube worms unless, so if you intend on having them as part of a predator tank, they are best kept that way and then the feeding can be tricky with them, as they will not take dead food for quite a long time of acclimatizing to their new home.
They do not get on well with each other so add more then one carefully.
One of the wasp fish in ocean
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Two in the aquarium.
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A brown one
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The semi pink one
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The same pink one with a juvenile leaf fish.
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The wasps faces
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a tank raised red line cleaning the brown one
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video of a wasp in the wild
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Post  ReeferRob on 8th August 2017, 2:36 am

My wife says you have to send them to her, lol. Those are really neat fish.
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Post  liquidg on 8th August 2017, 12:48 pm

lol, eerrrr, I find them butt ugly!
I only got them to get info on them due to not much info on them and to use as a display in the Q show.

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Post  ReeferRob on 9th August 2017, 3:57 am

That top pink one would fetch $300USD here, if not more.
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